Then and Now: A look at the community of Woodlawn

Woodlawn is an area nestled between a park, a cemetery and a parkway.

In this week's Then and Now, News 12 The Bronx's Jenny Mayer takes a look at the community of Woodlawn.

Residents describe Woodlawn as a small, tight-knit community that in many ways has not changed much over the years partly because of its geographical location. Woodlawn is bordered by the Bronx River Parkway, Woodlawn Cemetery and Van Cortlandt Park. Residents say they like the isolation from the urban grind that surrounds them.

From the outside, Woodlawn seems like a neighborhood stuck in time, but it has actually changed somewhat over the past 30 years. Like the rest of the Bronx, Woodlawn is a melting pot of German, Italian and Irish families. But that has changed and the number of Irish immigrants has dramatically decreased.

Despite the decrease in the Irish population, the neighborhood is filled with Irish bakeries, butchers, and gift shops bringing people all the comforts of home.

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